She said: "We are actively
investigating the exciting possibility that the innovation centre
should become a national resource for businesses specifically
dedicated to the development of environment-related technologies and
sustainable development solutions.
"If this plan comes to fruition
it means that the centre will not only facilitate the growth of
dynamic new knowledge-based firms by providing them with premises and
a range of support services. It will also build on Peterborough’s
growing reputation for its environmental businesses by helping to
develop a whole new generation of such firms. At the same time it will
help to make a real contribution to tackling the world's environmental
Although there are many innovation
centres across the UK - and the rest of the world - none have the
'environment focus' proposed for the Peterborough centre.
Current plans for the centre are for a
building of between 30,000 and 40,000 square feet (2,800 and 3,700
square metres). It will provide clients from a wide variety of
business sectors, and which meet a set of entry requirements, with
units ranging in size from 275 square feet to 1,700 square feet (23 to
160 square metres). There will also be central meeting rooms, a
restaurant, reception and post and photocopying facilities - all
situated in a purpose-built building.
The steering group - headed by GPIA
chairman John Durance - has already identified 20 possible sites for
the centre and is now working to narrow this list down to a smaller
number for detailed consideration.